MANILA, Philippines — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in the Philippines Tuesday night ahead of his meeting with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Manila’s top diplomat.
The plane carrying Wang landed at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City. He was welcomed by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Antonio Morales, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Santos, and Asia and Pacific Affairs Office Executive Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary Maria Anna Lilia de Vera-Schinazi also welcomed Beijing’s top envoy.
Wang is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo on Wednesday. The Chinese foreign minister is also set to meet with Marcos.
In a press briefing earlier in the day, Marcos said he would seek to strengthen ties between the Philippines and China.
The President also said he intended to “find ways to work to resolve the conflicts that we have” as he did not want the two nation’s relationship to be confined to issues concerning Manila and Beijing’s maritime dispute.